Samsung Reached a Deal to Manufacture The Latest Qualcomm Processor

By Staff Writer

Jan 14, 2016 10:51 PM EST

Samsung Electronics announced that its technology will be built into the latest Qualcomm processor: Snapdragon 820. The Korean electronic giant has already used the 14-nanometer (nm) Low Power Plus (LPP) technology in its smartphone.

According to Samsung's official news release, the company announced that it has begun the mass production of advanced logic chips utilizing its 14nm LPP(Low-Power Plus) process, the 2nd generation of the company's 14nm FinFET process technology.

Samsung first processor with 14nm technology was Exynos 7 Octa processor with LPE (Low-Power Early) process was launched in first quarter of 2015. The Exynos 7 was the processor the power up its Galaxy S5 phone. The latest invention of 14nm LPP in Exynos 8 Octa will continue its unparalleled performance and power efficiency.

Samsung announced that its superb 14nm LPP will be used in Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, and according to The Verge, the processor is likely to be used by multiple flagship devices available in the first half of 2016.

Charlie Bae, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics said in the statement, "We are pleased to start production of our industry-leading, 2nd generation 14nm FinFET process technology that delivers the highest level of performance and power efficiency."

"Samsung will continue to offer derivative processes of its advanced 14nm FinFET technology to maintain our technology leadership," he added.

Samsung new technology integrate a three-dimensional FinFET structure on the transistors to boost performance and lower power consumption significantly. The newest processor with 14nm LPP process can deliver 15 percent higher speed and 15 percent less power consumption than its predecessor the 14nm LPE. The improvement is achieved through restructuring the transistor and optimizing process.

Qualcomm is the semiconductor company based in San Diego that has been producing telecommunication product since 1985. The company was listed on the Top 10 world biggest semiconductor companies by IHS consulting firm based on sales. However last year was not a good year for Qualcomm as its Snapdragon 810 does not perform well.

Furthermore, according to PC World, Qualcomm lost business from Samsung as the Korean electronic giant decided to use its in-house Exynos processor rather than the Snapdragon 810 chip in its flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones.

Samsung Electronics has developed an advanced technology in microprocessor. Its Exynos series is a System on Chip (Soc) based on ARM-architecture that has been developed since 2010. Its latest 14-nm LPP processing technology will be powering up high-end smartphones in 2016, as Samsung build Qualcomm latest processor Snapdragon 820.

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